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What to do when you are pulled over for dui in Arizona

What Should You Do If You Get Pulled Over for DUI in Arizona?

If you have been pulled over for DUI in Arizona, it’s important that you immediately secure legal counsel. You can request to speak to your attorney immediately – if refused by police to talk to an attorney, you have a solid DUI defense. By having an expert DUI attorney by your side every step of the way, you can ensure that your rights — including your driving privileges —  are always protected. As a legal professional, Shah Law Firm also has other helpful tips for those that have been pulled over for DUI.

How to Respond When Being Pulled Over for DUI by Arizona Police

When you are pulled over by police or highway patrol anywhere in the state of Arizona, the best approach in terms of how you handle yourself physically is to put your hands on the steering wheel and keep them there. When asked for it — and never before — provide the officer with your license, registration, and insurance information.

  • If the officer asks you about alcohol, simply explain to him or her that you won’t answer those questions. While this may seem confrontational or overly assertive, what you are doing in essence is invoking your right to remain silent until an attorney is present.
  • If the officer is lingering by the car rather than taking your documents back to his or her patrol car, you may ask if you’re free to leave or if you’re under arrest.
  • No matter what, the value of being courteous, forthcoming, and polite can never be underestimated — even if an officer is trying to provoke you to anger or trying to force you to speak, maintain your cool and be considerate.

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Can an Arizona DUI charge be dropped?

Getting a DUI charge in Arizona dropped is difficult, but not impossible, and of course, there are many good reasons you’d want to have one dismissed. No one wants to go to jail for 10–45 days, pay thousands of dollars for new, unnecessary car insurance and alcohol education classes, and at the most basic level, you just don’t want something like a DUI in your history, because it’s permanent in most cases, and visible to anyone as a matter of public record.

The Shah Law Firm knows how to get charges dismissed if it’s possible, and at the very least charges can be reduced. For example, Shah Law Firm has gotten felony DUI charges reduced to reckless driving charges, which is much less severe.

Reducing Versus Dismissing AZ DUI Charges

Arizona law states that a DUI isn’t supposed to be dismissed unless there is insufficient evidence for the DUI charges. Certain cities in Arizona won’t give a lesser charge, but will instead typically dismiss DUI charges altogether. If this happens with your case, it means you won’t have to worry about Arizona DUI charges causing your insurance to go up, you won’t have to pay hefty fines, and best of all, you wont have to worry about serving any jail time. 

Ultimately, in order for DUI charge in Arizona to be reduced, the blood alcohol content (BAC) and specific facts pertaining to your unique DUI or DWI case will be closely analyzed. Any facts that can be proven wrong, inaccurate, or insufficient in most cases will be automatically grounds for your case to be dismissed.

The highly trained and experienced DUI and DWI attorneys at Shah Law Firm can help determine if your case is eligible for Arizona DWI or DUI dismissal or reduction.

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If you’re facing a DUI charge anywhere in Arizona, you need the Shah Law Firm Arizona DUI lawyers by your side. A reduced charge, if applicable, looks much better on your record than a DUI. It also doesn’t carry as harsh of penalties. To schedule a free legal consultation with a DUI attorney at Shah Law firm, call us today at 602-560-7408. We serve clients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Goodyear, and Apache Junction, AZ.

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